According to most Biblical historians the Book of James is one of the earliest letters/epistles written. It is believed to have been written by the brother of Jesus in the year 45AD or so. James was one of several brothers of Christ, probably the oldest. At first he did not believe in Jesus and even challenged him and misunderstood his mission. Later he became very prominent in the church.I believe that this letter is probably one of the few that might have been untarnished by others. For that reason it holds a lot of prominence for me. It is also one of the most direct in saying what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Some of the Reformers, particularly Luther, did not have a favorable view of this book. I believe that that is mainly because it is heavy in “works” and that ran contrary to Luther’s basic beliefs. He called it a “book of straw” or in today’s terms a fake. He did not believe it belonged in the Bible!
I am going to spend the next several Sunday posts bringing you clips from this important document. I will only put up the words for you; interpret them as you wish. I myself tend to take them literally in most cases as I think James intended.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.